Just thinking about this cake kept me up a lot of nights. My friend, Tim from high school e-mailed me when I was in Hong Kong and placed a cake order for his son’s 1st birthday. He sent me a picture of a cake with the ramp sculpted into it, asked if it was possible and I responded with a nonchalant, “sure!”. But inside, I was freaking out. I’ve seen people do this before but have never done it myself. This cake was going to be a challenge… !
I don’t make new years’ resolutions because my alter ego is a rebel and thinks that rules are made to be broken. Moving forward, my not-so-NYR is to try something new every week. The last week of 2011, I tried something that I didn’t think I’d ever do–snowboarding! I knew that if I could conquer my fear of heights (chair lift), falling/looking stupid and having no control over my fast-moving board directed straight to fences/ditches (more on that later), I can do anything I set my mind to!
It was only fitting that this cake was for Jan 2nd… the beginning of 2012, and my new life of leaving my comfort zone every chance I get.
I cried. Oh, I cried.
Firstly, I ran out of ingredients and it was JANUARY 1ST – NEW YEARS’ DAY… nothing’s open on NYD and if it were, it’s really expensive. Secondly, I had a few big orders that I was completing that day as well and let’s just say, the excellent time management skills that I pride myself on having gave way to (a) a concert at ACC) (b) an all-day snowboarding trip and (c) lots of meet-ups with friends. Bad Jenn, bad!
Luckily, the components of the cake came together really well. Thanks to Cristian’s Cars Cake back in December, I had already made Mater before so he didn’t take a lot of time to put together. Guido was super fun to make as well and I can’t help but notice that he looks like Bender’s long-lost cousin. (yes/no?) Guido is Zach’s favourite character and from our many conversations about his latest interests, I know that Guido fixes cars (changes tires etc) … that’s why he’s chasing the tires that are getting away from him. Too cute. Love the freaked-out expression on his face. (that’s the look plastered on my face when I made this cake… har har)
I delivered this cake to Angus Glen Community Centre where the party was held and let’s just say, although I pulled an all-nighter and my body was aching all over, I’m really glad I wore make-up. Tim and I went to high school and university together and studied in similar programs (him = IT, me = business) so we had common friends. Tim’s wife, Tee and I went to ELEMENTARY and high school together so OUR group of friends overlapped as well. I bumped into SO many people from all walks of my life that I haven’t seen in a while. Crazy huh? So boys and girls, remember you never know who you’re going to bump into… so wear something decent and put some make-up on (well, just the girls… not the boys… okay, boys if you want to ).
The year started off well. I went snowboarding (conquered my fear), made a cake that had an inset ramp in it, had chai latte (that’s my “something new” for the week) AND I started playing piano again which is the most relaxing and expressive stress-reliever. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring!